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Child Welfare Removals by the State: A Cross-Country Analysis of Decision-Making Systems

Kenneth Burns, Tarja Pvsv, and Marit Skivenes


The book addresses one of the most important, but least researched proceedings, where the State intervenes in the private family sphere to remove children at risk to a place of safety, adoption, or other form of out-of-home care. It is an intervention into the private family sphere that is highly controversial. The state’s interventions into the family are decided within legal and political orders and traditions that comprise a country’s policies, welfare state model, child protection system, and children´s position in a particular society. We lack a cross-country analysis, however, of the var ... More

Keywords: Child welfare, decision-making, care order, child welfare removal, court, social work, sociolegal studies

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190459567
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190459567.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Burns, editor
Deputy Director, Master of Social Work Program, University Cork College,

Tarja Pvsv, editor
Professor in Social Work, School of Social Sciences and Humanties, University of Tapere

Marit Skivenes, editor
Professor, University of Bergen

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1 Child welfare removals by the state—complex and controversial decisions

Kenneth Burns, Tarja Pösö, and Marit Skivenes

2 Removals of children in Finland

Tarja Pösö and Raija Huhtanen

3 Norway

Marit Skivenes and Karl Harald Søvig

4 Placing children in state care in Sweden

Gustav Svensson and Staffan Höjer

7 Child removal decision-making systems in Ireland

Kenneth Burns, Conor O’Mahony, Caroline Shore, and Aisling Parkes

9 How children are removed from home in the United States

Katrin Križ, Janese Free, and Grant Kuehl

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